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  • Sign of the times: Nebraskans Jokerize Ben Nelson

    12/23/2009 7:42:04 AM PST · by markomalley · 16 replies · 1,241+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/22/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    I said yesterday it wouldn’t be long before Obama’s Jokers posters started popping up across the country.First, Claire McCaskill.Now, Nebraskans have Jokerized Ben Nelson. (Or rather, he Jokerized himself, didn’t he?)Reader Tim e-mails the photos and this message:“Saw this in small town Nebraska today less than 50 miles from Ben Nelson’s home town. This is pretty surprising to me because this is strictly an agricultural area. Nelson has consistently catered to the agricultural interests in Nebraska and so is pretty popular among the farmers and ranchers in the area. Federal subsidies are a huge percentage of area farm income. But...
  • Congress Wishes You A Very Commie Christmas

    12/21/2009 7:48:15 AM PST · by Walter Scott Hudson · 4 replies · 310+ views
    Fightin Words ^ | December 21, 2009 | Walter Scott Hudson
    Coming out of the weekend, it is increasingly clear the Senate will pass socialized medicine with the first vote likely before Christmas. The Minneapolis Star Tribune touts a Congressional Budget Office estimate which suggests spending hundreds of billions of dollars will somehow cut $132 billion from the deficit, a concept plainly nonsensical. We take a look at how the CBO came up with that number, and why its bogus. Then we evoke the oft-neglected concept of posterity, how it dominated the thoughts of our Founding Fathers, and how seemingly no one pays it any mind today. Lastly, we sample an...
  • Nelson Threatens to vote against healthcare if changes are made in conference.

    12/20/2009 8:49:14 PM PST · by RED SOUTH · 71 replies · 2,447+ views
    If there are material changes in that conference report different from this bill that adversely affect the agreement, I reserve the right to vote against the next cloture vote," he said. "Let me repeat it, I reserve the right to vote against the next cloture vote, if there are material changes to this agreement in the conference report. And I will vote against it if that is the case." Sounds like cold feet. Nelson might not like the heat he's feeling since announcing his deal. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2009/12/20/senate-democrats-warn-house-alter-health/
  • Senatorial Bribery - A Very Troublesome Precedent

    12/20/2009 3:26:32 PM PST · by Desperado67 · 33 replies · 1,419+ views
    Examiner.com ^ | 12/20/09 | Rob Binsrick
    Back on November 21st, Senator Mary Landrieu provided the 60th vote for the Senate Democrats to cut off a GOP filibuster and start the debate on a healthcare reform bill. In exchange for that vote, the Democratic leadership offered her a $300 million ‘bribe’ in the form of additional Medicaid benefits for her home state of Louisiana and for other states ravaged by Hurricane Katrina. Now a month later Senator Ben Nelson has announced that he will provide the 60th vote to cut off debate on the healthcare reform bill. In exchange for his vote, the Democratic leadership offered him...
  • A Nebraska doctor’s message for Ben Nelson

    12/20/2009 5:30:54 PM PST · by markomalley · 187 replies · 3,984+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 12/20/2009 | Michelle Malkin
    Dr. Becky Hollibaugh of Friend, Nebraska e-mailed me her message for sellout Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) this morning:Hello Michelle:I’m a family practice doctor in Nebraska. I sent the following (angry,I admit) letter to Senator Nelson. I urge your readers (from Nebraska and elsewhere) to do likewise, in their own words!Dear Senator Nelson:I send this message under “Tort Reform” because the current monstrosity you have pledged your support to says nothing whatsoever about Tort Reform. You have sold the physicians of Nebraska for zilch (zilch for us, but beaucoup federal bucks for you and the liberal partisans in this state). As...
  • Boycott Nebraska.

    12/20/2009 5:30:01 PM PST · by Jeff Gordon · 124 replies · 3,319+ views
    Me | 12/20/04 | Me
    Senator Nelson of Nebraska cut a special deal. In exchange for agreeing to allow government funds be used for abortions, he got a special deal for Nebraska. The special deal was that Nebraska would not have to pay matching funds for Medicade. All the other 49 states must pay matching funds. Many of those state like my own state of California can not afford to pay those matching funds. Who pays for Nebraska's Medicare casts? All of us who live in the other 49 states. BS, I say. We should not stand by while Nebraska sucks money from all the...
  • Nelson's Stuffed Stocking Is Lump Of Coal For Americans

    12/20/2009 11:06:02 AM PST · by AmericaTalks · 11 replies · 578+ views
    America Talks ^ | 12/20/09 | David Zublick
    The liberals have delivered a lump of coal to all Americans this Christmas by buying the vote of Senator Ben Nelson, in order to have the 60 votes necessary to force through the Health Care reform bill. The Nebraska Democrat was given a huge payoff for his state by the leadership in the Senate, which will prevent a filibuster, barring any last minute defections from this package. Some are questioning Nelson's motives, as his earlier objections to the bill had to do with restrictions on abortion coverage. But those restrictions failed to satisfy major anti-abortion groups and lawmakers. Even though...
  • The High Price of Ben Nelson's Low Vote

    12/20/2009 3:26:58 AM PST · by Scanian · 27 replies · 1,763+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | December 19, 2009 | Marc Sheppard
    Democrat Ben “Dover” Nelson, who had previously threatened to join a GOP filibuster of the Senate Health Care Bill, proved today that everything has a price – including a man’s values. The Nebraska Senator just accepted what I’ll generously describe as an enormous “monetary incentive” to do a complete 180 on his long-time position on abortion funding and thereby gave this awful legislation life with his 60th all-Democrat vote. Earlier this month, Nelson insisted that he would not support a bill without stronger anti-abortion language:
  • Analysis: How Nelson-Reid Compromise Allows Abortion Funding in Health Care

    12/20/2009 3:38:50 AM PST · by GonzoII · 10 replies · 635+ views
    LifeNews ^ | December 19, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Washington, DC (LifeNews.com) -- Pro-life groups have spent most of Saturday morning furiously analyzing the Nelson-Reid compromise language on abortion funding in the Senate health care bill. Their conclusion is that the language undermines the amendments they wanted to ban abortion funding. The compromise language appears in the manager's amendment Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid is offering to shore up the 60 votes he needs to overcome the filibuster against the pro-abortion health care bill. The language is not similar to the Stupak and Nelson amendments approved by the House and defeated in the Senate. Instead, Section 38 adds a...
  • Nelson Accused of Selling Vote on Health Bill for Nebraska Pay-Off (Bribery, the Chicago way)

    12/20/2009 6:50:54 AM PST · by tobyhill · 26 replies · 1,362+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/20/2009 | fox news
    What started as Sen. Ben Nelson's personal stand against covering abortion with taxpayer money translated, somehow, into millions of dollars in federal aid for his home state. The Nebraska Democrat, following weeks of negotiations with his caucus, finally agreed to back the Senate's health care reform bill this weekend after Democratic leaders made a series of concessions. Nelson's support gives Democrats the 60 votes they need to overcome a filibuster, barring any last-minute defections. But critics by Sunday were heavily questioning Nelson's motivations, given that the abortion restrictions he sought and won did not satisfy several major anti-abortion lawmakers and...
  • Neb.'s Nelson sees backlash on health reform plan

    12/20/2009 2:24:56 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 100 replies · 4,432+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009 | Margery A. Beck
    OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - It was the concern of Nebraska's Republican governor over expanded Medicaid costs in the proposed Senate health care overhaul bill that led to a compromise to cover his state's estimated $45 million share over a decade, U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson said Sunday. Gov. Dave Heineman "contacted me and he said this is another unfunded federal mandate and it's going to stress the state budget, and I agreed with him," the Nebraska Democrat said. "I said to the leader and others that this is something that has to be fixed. I didn't participate in the way it...
  • Huckabee: Nelson like Judas on health care reform

    12/20/2009 4:35:00 PM PST · by freespirited · 17 replies · 1,011+ views
    Former Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee says those unhappy with the health care overhaul set to be pushed through the Senate this week should express their displeasure at the polls next November. Huckabee spoke Sunday to a raucous crowd of about 1,800 people at an Omaha rally sponsored by Americans for Prosperity of Nebraska. Huckabee says the vote on health care reform is a pivotal moment in American history, and he took Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson to task for deciding to support the measure. Huckabee went so far as to compare Nelson to Judas in the biblical story of Jesus'...
  • Bribery - Federal Law - USC 18

    12/20/2009 3:32:56 PM PST · by djf · 36 replies · 1,431+ views
    People keep asking "Isn't bribery illegal??", well, actually, it is. Sounds to me like half of Congress could end up in the slammer!! USC Title 18, Ch 11, Sec 201... (b) Whoever— (1) directly or indirectly, corruptly gives, offers or promises anything of value to any public official or person who has been selected to be a public official, or offers or promises any public official or any person who has been selected to be a public official to give anything of value to any other person or entity, with intent— (A) to influence any official act; or (B) to...
  • Who wins, who loses in Senate health bill

    12/20/2009 3:02:28 PM PST · by Cheap_Hessian · 34 replies · 2,144+ views
    Breitbart (AP) ^ | December 20, 2009 | Erica Werner
    WASHINGTON (AP) - The little town of Libby, Mont., isn't mentioned by name in the Senate's mammoth health care bill, but it's one of the big winners in the legislation, thanks to the influence of Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus, D-Mont. After pushing for years for help for residents of the area, thousands of whom suffer from asbestos-related illnesses from a now-closed mineral mining operation, Baucus inserted language in a package of last-minute amendments that grants them access to Medicare benefits. He didn't advertise the change, and it takes a close read of the bill to find it. It's just...
  • Will Abortion Be Paid For Under The Nelson Compromise? Poll

    12/20/2009 11:52:38 AM PST · by DBlake · 5 replies · 417+ views
    Youpolls ^ | 12-20-2009 | Youpolls
    How Abortion Will Be Paid For Under The Nelson Compromise...
  • Axelrod Says Health Reform Supporters Are on the 'One Yard Line'

    12/20/2009 1:09:34 PM PST · by Baladas · 50 replies · 1,234+ views
    Politics Daily ^ | 12/20/09 | Bruce Drake
    Senior White House Adviser David Axelrod said today that supporters of health care reform are "right on the one-yard line" to push through passage of the legislation now that the Senate Democratic leadership says it has the 60 votes necessary to pass their version this week. Axelrod offered that optimistic prediction, when asked on CNN's State of the Union to describe progress with a football analogy, even though the Senate bill still would have to be reconciled with House legislation that has provisions that didn't pass muster in the upper chamber, and in the face of numerous public opinion polls...
  • Live Thread; Senate Health Care Debate 12/20/09 - 12/21/09 (Senator Coburn Speaking Right Now)

    12/20/2009 1:16:36 PM PST · by BCrago66 · 39 replies · 1,593+ views
    C-Span ^ | 12/20/09 | US Senate
    I didn't know it until a couple minutes ago, but Senator Coburn is speaking now, likely to an empty chamber. At 1AM EST tomorrow - I think - a new procedural vote happens, and we'll see if the Democrats have their 60 votes.
  • Mystery $100 million payoff buried in Senate health care bill

    12/20/2009 1:39:59 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 63 replies · 2,986+ views
    Per the link, buried on page 328 and entitled, "SEC. 10502. INFRASTRUCTURE TO EXPAND ACCESS TO..", there is an appropriation for an undisclosed state to receive from the Federal Treasury $100,000,000, to build or expand a state university medical school. The language reads... "(a) APPROPRIATION.—There are authorized to be appropriated, and there are appropriated to the Department of Health and Human Services, $100,000,000 for fiscal year 2010, to remain available for obligation until September 30, 2011, to be used for debt service on, or direct construction or renovation of, a health care facility that provides research, inpatient tertiary care, or...
  • GOP decries 'rationing' on eve of health vote

    11/21/2009 2:18:32 AM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 15 replies · 706+ views
    Washington Times ^ | Saturday, November 21, 2009 | Jennifer Haberkorn
    One of the last three uncommitted Democrats, Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska, said Friday he would vote to begin debate on the Senate's health care bill; meanwhile, the Republican opposition opened a new front, arguing that the legislation would lead to health care rationing. Mr. Nelson said he would support the procedural vote scheduled for Saturday night because he didn't want to obstruct reform efforts. He also said he hoped to improve the legislation on the floor.
  • SOCIALIZED MEDICINE DAILY DIGEST FOR 12/03/09

    12/03/2009 9:04:10 PM PST · by socialismisinsidious · 2 replies · 376+ views
    varies ^ | varies | varies
    Obamacare: How the Unions are "Getting Well" Townhall.com ^ | 12/3/2009 | Howard Rich Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009 1:52:56 AM by Nachum It’s already being called the “Second Louisiana Purchase,” but the sad truth is that a controversial payoff to U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu’s home state of Louisiana is among the smallest of the thinly-disguised bribes and kickbacks that are being offered in Washington D.C. to secure passage of President Barack Obama’s socialized medicine proposal. The Legislative Trigger and the Public Health Care Option The Woodward Report ^ | Stuart M. Butler Posted on Thursday, December 03, 2009...
  • Bill Nelson's office says he still hasn't decided how he will vote

    11/20/2009 2:15:18 PM PST · by baba123 · 87 replies · 2,432+ views
    Just called my Senators, Lemieux and Bill Nelson Re: healthcare. Lemieux will vote no and Nelson's office says he has not decided. Keep calling.
  • Please, Please Call Sen. Ben Nelson D-NE

    11/20/2009 8:00:03 AM PST · by Welcome2thejungle · 21 replies · 569+ views
    November 20, 2009 | Welcome2thejungle
    I just got off the phone with Sen. Bill Nelson's office. He still on the fence regarding the trillion dollar plus 2,074 page Harry Reid's healthcare bill. Please, please call one of his offices and let his staff know that our country cannot afford to add another trillion dollars to our already $1.6 trillion dollar budget deficit. Office telephone numbers: Washington 202-224-6551 Omaha 402-391-3411 Lincoln 402-441-4600
  • Reid Schedules Saturday Night Vote for Health Bill Supported by 35% of Voters

    11/19/2009 6:10:41 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 31 replies · 1,515+ views
    weeklystandard.com ^ | Nov. 19, 2009 | John McCormack
    Senate Republican aides say that Harry Reid has scheduled the first vote on his health-care bill for Saturday night for 8:00 p.m. after 10 hours of floor debate. Ed Morrissey notes that registered voters oppose the House health care bill 51 percent to 35 percent; a poll done by the Democratic firm Public Policy Polling shows registered voters oppose "President Obama’s health care plan" 52 percent to 40 percent. All eyes are on Democratic senator Ben Nelson of Nebraska to see if he will vote Saturday night on the motion to proceed. Nelson is threatening to filibuster the final bill...
  • 3 Democrats Could Block Health Bill in Senate

    11/18/2009 3:46:27 AM PST · by Man50D · 12 replies · 716+ views
    New York Times ^ | November 17, 2009 | Carl Hulse
    Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, says he is not sure he is ready to help a Democratic health care proposal clear even the most preliminary hurdle: gaining the 60 votes his party’s leaders need to open debate on the measure later this week. Two of his fellow Democrats, Senators Mary L. Landrieu of Louisiana and Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas, are proving tough sells as well, raising the prospect that one or perhaps all three of them could scuttle the bill before the fight over it even begins on the Senate floor. “I think what is most important for me...
  • Sen. Ben Nelson: ‘I’m Not Going to Be Able to Answer... (Obamacare constitutionality)

    11/12/2009 4:43:46 AM PST · by markomalley · 32 replies · 1,502+ views
    CNS News ^ | 11/11/2009 | Edwin Mora
    Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told CNSNews.com that because he is not a constitutional scholar he was “not going to be able to answer that question” of where specifically the Constitution authorizes Congress to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance. “Specifically, where in the Constitution does Congress get its authority to mandate that individuals purchase health insurance?” CNSNews.com asked Nelson. “Well, you know, I don’t know that I’m a constitutional scholar,” said Nelson. So, I, I’m not going to be able to answer that question.” The senator then turned away to answer another reporter’s question.
  • Nebraska Republicans want to Give Ben Nelson the boot

    12/19/2009 6:07:34 PM PST · by conservativehusker · 62 replies · 3,602+ views
    www.wowt.com ^ | Dec 19 2009 | The Associated Press
    The chairman of Nebraska's Republican Party predicts that Sen. Ben Nelson's decision to back sweeping health care legislation will be his downfall. "I think this is the end of his political career in the state of Nebraska,” says Mark Fahleson. On Saturday, the state party launched a Web site, givebentheboot.com, to collect funds to oust the Democrat in the 2010 election. Nelson said earlier Saturday that he decided to support the measure after winning concessions to limit the availability of abortions in insurance sold in newly created exchanges, as well as tens of million in federal Medicaid funds for Nebraska....
  • To sway Nelson, a hard-won compromise on abortion issue

    12/19/2009 7:51:13 PM PST · by malkee · 38 replies · 1,729+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 12.20.09 | Paul Kane
    At one end of the majority leader's office, Ben Nelson (D-Neb.), the antiabortion senator whose support was crucial to health-care legislation, huddled with White House staff in a conference room. At the other end, Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.), the chamber's leading advocates of abortion rights, hunkered as far from Nelson as possible, in the office of Reid's chief of staff. Shuttling between the two parties Friday afternoon and evening were Majority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) and Sen. Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.). Desperately trying to find a compromise, Schumer put his head in his hands early...
  • Nelson: Health bill to stand ‘test of time' as historic reform

    12/20/2009 6:55:44 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies · 1,753+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | December 20, 2009 | By Joseph Morton
    WASHINGTON — Ben Nelson has spent his life negotiating big deals, but never one this big. Now he must face the consequences of his decision. It may make him popular at the White House and among some of his fellow Senate Democrats, but his announcement brought swift, scathing denunciations from Republicans — in Washington and in Nebraska. Nebraska GOP chairman Mark Fahleson declared Nelson's decision “the death knell to his political career in Nebraska.” In contrast to the charged atmosphere that has surrounded the health care debate, Nelson has sought to maintain a calm demeanor and downplay the pressure he...
  • Snarky Photo Reel: Obama's Week in Review #2

    12/20/2009 9:56:01 AM PST · by bloodmeridian · 4 replies · 624+ views
    Feed Your ADHD ^ | 12/20/2009 | Jamie
    Obama the hypocritical eco-loon ... Obama the Neo-"Com" ... Obama beech-slapped by Sarkozy during a U.S. diplomacy lesson ... and other awesome PhotoChop work by Jamie.
  • Letter To Ben Nelson: Give Us Liberty, Not National Healthcare

    12/20/2009 12:12:29 PM PST · by writer33 · 33 replies · 869+ views
    Elective Decisions ^ | 12/20/09 | Chris Davis
    For those who wish to get on the list, feel free to FReepmail writer33. If you wish to send one yourself to your Senator or Senator Ben Nelson, follow the link to find a singularized version at the blog site I sent to my Senator. Make sure to FReepmail writer33 with your name for those that can. Don't put your name out on the open forum. As you know that would make you vulnerable to any whack job on the internet. The letter goes straight to Senator Nelson and is not for public consumption.
  • Senate Defeats Nelson Amendment to Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care

    12/08/2009 3:26:44 PM PST · by julieee · 22 replies · 1,173+ views
    LifeNews.com ^ | December 8, 2009 | Steven Ertelt
    Senate Defeats Nelson Amendment to Stop Abortion Funding in Health Care Washington, DC -- The Senate on Tuesday voted 54-45 to defeat the Nelson amendment that would have removed the massive abortion funding from the Senate government-run health care bill. With the defeat, pro-life advocates will unite behind a concerted effort to defeat the entire health care bill. http://www.lifenews.com/nat5748.html
  • Nelson: 'I'm not on the bill'

    12/15/2009 1:46:57 PM PST · by moose2004 · 44 replies · 1,924+ views
    politico.com ^ | 12/15/09 | moose2004
    The White House meeting Tuesday between President Barack Obama and Senate Democrats has raised expectations that they have nailed down 60 votes for the health care bill. But as he prepared to leave for the White House with other senators, Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.) told POLITICO the deal wasn't done.
  • Abortion Bomb Hits Senate Health Debate

    12/07/2009 4:42:24 PM PST · by Lorianne · 16 replies · 931+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | December 7, 2009 | Michael McAuliff
    Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson dropped his anti-abortion amendment into the Senate health care debate this afternoon, essentially lifting the language from the House version that so angered the left. Nelson, a staunch pro-life advocate, partnered with fellow Democratic Sen. Bob Casey and several Republicans to offer the measure, saying it’s necessary to ensure no federal dollars are spent on elective abortions. “Most Americans, even some who support abortion, do not want taxpayer money to be used for abortions,” Nelson said in his floor speech. “We should not break with precedent on this bill.” Nelson said the amendment would bar women...
  • US Senate health bill alters company taxes, profits

    12/19/2009 2:25:28 PM PST · by La Lydia · 25 replies · 1,362+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 19, 2009 | Susan Heavey
    Proposed changes to the U.S. Senate's pending healthcare reform bill include measures targeting industry profits and taxes, and a move to ensure health insurers spend a certain amount on medical care, according to a document released on Saturday. The changes, proposed as a group of amendments, must be approved by the Senate before they can be added to the massive legislation that lawmakers are struggling to finish before Christmas despite delaying tactics by Republicans and a severe snowstorm in the nation's capital. Democrats appear to have pulled together the 60 votes needed to pass a final bill. The taxes are...
  • National Organization for Women opposes Senate health bill

    12/19/2009 3:25:46 PM PST · by ransomnote · 9 replies · 544+ views
    Thehill.com ^ | 12/19/09 01:55 PM ET | By Michael O'Brien
    A leading women's group called on senators on Saturday to defeat its healthcare reform bill. The leader of the National Organization for Women (NOW) excoriated the language in the health bill curtailing federal support for insurance plan covering abortions, which was inserted to win the 60th vote of Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.). "The so-called health care reform bill now before the Senate, with the addition of Majority Leader Harry Reid's Manager's Amendment, amounts to a health insurance bill for half the population and a sweeping anti-abortion law for the rest of us," NOW President Terry O'Neill said in a statement.
  • Here comes Smoot-Hawley II (ObamaCare) - Health care, Democrat's kamikaze mission

    12/19/2009 3:04:59 PM PST · by dalight · 57 replies · 1,655+ views
    Politico ^ | December 18, 2009 | Larmar Alexander
    But this wouldn’t be Congress’s first historic mistake. The Smoot-Hawley Tariff of 1930 to “buy American” sounded like a good way to protect jobs by keeping out cheaper foreign products. Historians agree it was a mistake, setting off waves of retaliatory tariffs and making the Great Depression worse.
  • If healthcare passes the socialist coup d'etat has advanced beyond the point of no return!

    12/19/2009 11:28:56 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 727 replies · 20,086+ views
    Dec 19, 2009 | Jim Robinson
    Let's face it FRiends, if the unconstitutional healthcare bill passes, the socialist coup d'etat will have advanced well beyond the point of no return! There is nothing in the constitution that authorizes this illegal federal power-grab and plenty that forbids it. If the Obama/Reid/Pelosi Marxist attempted coup pulls this off without the people resisting to the hilt, then they'll have no restrictions whatsoever on implementing the rest of their Liberty killing Marxist agenda. America will be no more. The whole idea of our constitution is to severely restrict the federal government to only its dozen and a half expressly listed...
  • Tangled Webb - Sen. Jim Webb is the quiet man who could land a big blow on Obamacare.

    12/19/2009 1:55:13 PM PST · by OldDeckHand · 48 replies · 2,744+ views
    National Review Online ^ | 12/19/09 | Robert Costa
    In Congress’s upper chamber, a Virginia fox may be the one to deliver the knock-out uppercut to Obamacare. Quiet, cunning, and independent, Sen. Jim Webb (D., Va.) has been on the sidelines for much of the Senate’s health-care debate. Instead of ranting, like Bernie Sanders, Webb has been mulling legislative language in his office for weeks. Neighboring Senate staffers whisper that Team Webb is having a real tough time shuffling the senator out of the office to make appearances on the glad-handing circuit. It seems the man just wants to sit, study, read, and think — strange priorities in the...
  • Nelson Aide: Offutt Claim False (Also Denies Obama "Bribe") (Update at #8)

    12/15/2009 5:11:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies · 5,076+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Tuesday, December 15, 2009 | Joseph Morton
    As the Senate health care debate enters crunch time, the pressure from all sides continued to grow today, with Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., right in the middle. His spokesman quickly dismissed a report by conservative columnist Michelle Malkin that Nelson was even being threatened with “closure of an air force base,” presumably Offutt Air Force Base, which is south of Omaha and home of U.S. Strategic Command. Malkin also said Nelson has been promised a “bribe bigger than Sen. Landrieu's.” That's a reference to Louisiana Sen. Mary Landrieu, a Democrat and one of the last holdouts on the vote to...
  • National Right to Life Committee statement on new Reid abortion language

    12/19/2009 11:25:57 AM PST · by La Lydia · 13 replies · 700+ views
    National Review - The Corner ^ | December 19, 2009 | Kathryn Jean Lopze
    WASHINGTON -- The National Right to Life Committee (NRLC), the federation of right-to-life organizations in all 50 states, strongly opposes the abortion language contained in the "manager's amendment" filed today by U.S. Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid (Nv.). Reid intends to press for Senate approval of the language during the days immediately ahead, without allowing an opportunity for any revisions to be considered. The following statement may be attributed to NRLC Legislative Director Douglas Johnson: "The manager’s amendment is light years removed from the Stupak-Pitts Amendment that was approved by the House of Representatives on November 8 by a bipartisan...
  • Reid Files Cloture, First Floor Vote On Senate Health Care Bill Saturday, 8 PM (11/19/09)

    UPDATE: Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid just filed for cloture on the motion to proceed to debate on his health care bill. That pretty much seals it. Unless conservative Democrats take a very public stand by voting "no," the bill unveiled yesterday will be the bill the Senate hashes out on the floor.
  • McConnell having Reid amendment read on the floor?

    12/19/2009 5:49:14 AM PST · by Daisyjane69 · 56 replies · 2,919+ views
    C-Span ^ | 12/19/09 | me
    Holy craptards. McConnell is having Reid's amendment read out loud. Does this mean that Colburn and DeMint will get the whole bill read out loud? If the R's do this, I'll be impressed. I never thought they had the balls.
  • CALLING ALL PATRIOTS: "Telephone Tea Party" #2 ON. Call Congress NOW!!!

    12/19/2009 9:03:50 AM PST · by joinedafterattack · 169 replies · 4,933+ views
    Telephone Tea Party ^ | 12-19-09 | JoinedAfterAttack
    Patriots, "Telephone Tea Party #2" starts NOW!!! Storm congress by phone by calling your Senators at (202) 224-3121 and telling them to "Kill the Pelosi/Reid/Obamacare Bill." Let's bury congress with calls and protest the bill. CALL NOW, CALL EARLY, CALL OFTEN. LET YOUR VOICES BE HEARD. Rise up, call NOW!
  • Recall of US Senators who vote for Obamacare

    12/19/2009 11:02:57 AM PST · by highlander_UW · 59 replies · 4,616+ views
    Vanity ^ | 12/19/09 | me
    18 states allow for recall votes on US Senators. The 18 states allowing for recall are as follows: Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Louisiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, New Jersey, North Dakota, Oregon, Rhode Island, Washington and Wisconsin. The Senate oath of office is: I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I take this obligation freely, without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; and that I will well...
  • Johanns: Probe Offutt 'Threat' (20 GOP Senators Call for Investigation)

    12/16/2009 4:59:53 PM PST · by kristinn · 77 replies · 5,499+ views
    Omaha World-Herald ^ | Thursday, December 16, 2009 | Joseph Morton
    Sen. Mike Johanns, R-Neb., and 19 other GOP senators today called for a hearing into reports that the Obama administration used the future of Offutt Air Force Base as bargaining chip in the health care debate, according to a press release by Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev. Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., has flatly denied that Offutt came up in connection with the health care bill or any other piece of legislation. The White House also has described those reports as "absurd." The group of Republican senators called for a hearing in a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin,...
  • Michael Goldfarb Talks to Glenn Beck about Obama Base-Closing Threat Against Sen. Ben Nelson - Video

    12/17/2009 5:28:49 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 13 replies · 819+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 17, 2009 | Brian
    Here is video of Michael Goldfarb, of The Weekly Standard, talking with Glenn Beck yesterday about a source who told him that President Obama's team has threatened Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska to get him to support the Senate Health Care Bill. Goldfarb said a source told him they threatened to put Offut Air Force Base in Nebraska on the Base closing review list if Nelson does not support ObamaCare. Twenty GOP Senators are now reportedly calling for an investigation into the threat. Goldfarb says it is not a credible threat, and shows the White House does not even...
  • Report Says Fate of Senate Health Care Bill Down to One Vote - Sen. Ben Nelson - Video 12/17/09

    12/17/2009 6:36:44 AM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 24 replies · 851+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 17, 2009 | Brian
    Here is a video report from CBS News this morning which says that the fate of the Senate Health Care Bill is now down to one vote - Democrat Sen. Ben Nelson of Nebraska. According to sources, Democrats are "negotiating furiously" with Nelson to get his vote. Democrats want a vote on the Bill before Christmas, which would mean they have to file for a final vote on the bill by this Saturday - December 19. . . . (VIDEO)
  • A Race to Win One More Vote for Health Bill

    12/17/2009 7:56:30 PM PST · by malkee · 21 replies · 958+ views
    New York Times ^ | 12/17/09 | JEFF ZELENY and ROBERT PEAR
    WASHINGTON — The White House and Senate Democratic leaders seem willing to give Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, just about anything he wants to win his support of major health care legislation. Anything, that is, but the item at the top of Mr. Nelson’s wish-list: air-tight restrictions on insurance coverage for abortions. The bid to win Mr. Nelson’s support has become a race against the clock. The Senate majority leader, Harry Reid of Nevada, has developed plans for a series of votes beginning at 1 a.m. Monday and round-the-clock Senate sessions intended to meet his deadline of completing the...
  • Health-care vote hinges on abortion plan

    12/17/2009 9:32:44 PM PST · by bdeaner · 7 replies · 448+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | 12/18/09 | Associated Press
    A year in the making, sweeping health-care legislation backed by President Barack Obama hung in the balance yesterday as conservative Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson withheld his vote in pursuit of stricter abortion limits. “Without modifications, the language concerning abortion is not sufficient,” Nelson declared in a statement that summarized the results of days of negotiations. With the support of the second-term Nebraskan, the White House and Senate Democrats would command 60 votes for the health care measure, enough to overcome a GOP filibuster and pass the bill within a matter of days. Without it, the prospects are far more uncertain....
  • Why a Vote For Health Care Reform Will End Ben Nelson's Political Career

    12/18/2009 12:09:00 AM PST · by Talkradio03 · 9 replies · 559+ views
    hotairpundit ^ | 12/18/09 | hap
    Here are the election results for the past 5 elections on how the State of Nebraska votes for President, this is what Ben Nelson should think about before he gives the Democrats the crown jewel of socialism....Good luck Ben...